Henk van Bergen clinic - July 22 & 23, 2010

Henk van Bergen is coming again to assist our riders. We are happy that this is now a regular occurance.
The riding times have all been filled, although auditors are welcome to join us.

Henk van Bergen Clinic April 24 & 25, 2010

We will be having a clinic here at Shinto on April 24 & 25, with Henk van Bergen and are excited to have him coming to the farm. Henk was teacher/trainer at the USDF trainer's conference in Florida in January 2010. Michelle and Trish were both there at the conference, and found his teaching incredibly valuable.

We anticipate most of the times to be booked, but please feel free to call us to find a place for you and your horse!


Congratulations to Pearl on her purchase of Homere!

Patrick LeRolland Clinic

We are excited to announce that Patrick LeRolland will be coming to Shinto Farm in November!
He will be at our barn in Pawling on Thursday Nov. through Sunday Nov. 8th, 2009

Please call the farm to schedule a time with this popular clinician.


We would like to offer our congratulations to the clients who have just purchased horses with us this spring. Thank you for working with us and allowing us to help you find the perfect mount.

Janet Spina and Shinto Farm on these additions to our team:
Ruben and Apollo

Bernadette on the purchase of Golden Dancer

Santa Monica, and owner Lisa Murphy, who earned 4th level ECRC (East Coast
Rider Cup)

Amanda Coulson-Drasner for doing her first I 1 (Intermediate 1)

New Website!!

Our website is up. Check it out at ShintoFarm.com

For Sale: Teddy


15.3 Canadian Sport Horse. 6 year old bay Gelding with 4 white socks and a star. Started well in dressage. Loves to jump. Good barn manners. Loads well, and is an easy shipper.
Would be great for hunter pace, foxhunting, lower level event horse. 12k

European Shopping Trip April '09

Trish was in several countries shopping for horses in April. It was a whirlwind tour and many horses were viewed and ridden. She was accompanied by barn manager, Doerte, a native of Germany, who was able to facilitate some of the trip. One of Trish's students, Amanda, also was along on this trip.

About Us

Shinto Farm established in 2000 is run by Michelle Dinneen and Trish Helmer.

Michelle and Trish will help you meet and exceed your riding dreams. Trish, a 35 year dressage rider/trainer veteran with a passion and flair for education, will help you advance your riding skills. Michelle, a successful FEI rider and trainer, will keep you and your horse on the correct path for success. What ever your dreams, let our team put together a program that works for you.

Santa Monica- For Sale

Santa Monica is 7 year old 16.2 black Hannovarian mare by the famous sire, Sandro Hits.

Discovery- For Sale

Discovery is a 12 year old 16.3 Danish Warmblood. This beautiful bay does both jumping, and 3rd level dressage. He is a good amateur's horse, and is fun to ride. He has been shown successfully in dressage.

Lanciano - For Sale

Lanciano performing the Int.I test

Lanciano is a 14 yr. old Bavarian gelding Int. II
16.1 He has piaffe, passage and has started his
one time changes. Showing now with Jr. Rider.

Varnville- Sold

Five year-old imported Oldenberg gelding by Haarlem. 16.1, uncomplicated, brave, beautiful, sound. Started his lateral work and single change. Great on trails, good for junior or adult amateur. Sweet and fun to be around, no vices!

Everyone loves Varnville.

Lady Rubina- Sold

16.3 Oldenburg mare, 10 yrs. by Lord Liberty G. Has foaled two approved Oldenburg stallions. A forward moving fun horse to ride. Currently showing 3rd level.

Flash -- Sold

FLASH: 4yr old black oldenburg gelding with 4 white socks by FUTURE. Very fancy uphill moving horse. Going well under saddle. Brave (not spooky) also great on trails. Fun to Ride!


Lionel- Sold

Lionel is a 15.2 h Saddlebred gelding shown successfully in dressage at 3rd and 4th level. Great for the most timid rider. Smooth and easy to sit. Great on the trails. FUN, FUN, FUN --- See him below pulling skier !

Fun in the snow with Lionel !

Horse Shopping in Europe August 2007

A Photo Album

Some photos of our latest trip to Europe to help our clients select, purchase, and import their next dressage mounts. It is not only productive, but fun and educational as well.

Breakfast in the Netherlands

Carol finds the perfect horse!

Our accomodations in Germany

Michelle evaluates a horse

Amanda takes a test ride on Santa Monica

Ask us about our fun, educational and productive trips to Europe!
Let us plan yours today.

Claire riding Golden Dandy

At 8 years old Claire already has a good start to her Dressage carreer. Shinto Farm helped her find her pony and keeps him in top shape when she is in school. She works hard at her riding and is dedicated to her own education. She also loves jumping and competition.